Halifax Central Library’s Public Art
Winnipeg-based Cliff Eyland’s proposal was selected from a pool of submissions from artists from around the world as the public art installation for the opening of the new Halifax Central Library in December 2014. Eyland’s project involved the creation of 5,000 paintings specific to the building, the local community, and the people who use the library. Each painting measures 3”x 5”, mimicking the size of a traditional library index card. Collectively—and from a distance—the paintings operate as a loose, abstract formal pattern of colours and shapes. Individually—and up close—each painting embodies a particular piece of the overall Library narrative, which has been developed in collaboration with library staff and community stakeholders.
Mr. Eyland was born and raised in Halifax and the Central Library project reflects his familiarity both with the particular history and communities of Halifax. His 30-year artistic career, which began as a student of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has been concerned with a contemplation of the connections between libraries and artistic production.
Halifax Transit Bridge Terminal Public Art
Travellers (Rain, Summer Bus, Summer, Trolley, Night Terminus, Dog Bus, Shopper) was created by local artist Sara Hartland-Rowe. The artist developed these paintings based on her everyday observations of people using public transit. Her sketchbooks full of drawings eventually provided the basis for seven laser-cut aluminum panels with buses and the terminal as the backdrop.
These paintings reflect the experience of transit, the physical aspect of place and travel, and the mental space of transit users who pass through the Bridge Terminal every day. Riding the bus can be sociable or mindful, contemplative or relaxing, and this artwork is intended to complement and engage these different experiences.
This artwork was shortlisted for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award.
Sara Hartland-Rowe is a Halifax-based painter. She has exhibited her work throughout Canada, the Unite States, the Netherlands, and Argentina. She has produced large-scale wall paintings for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Windsor Art Gallery, Museum London, the Durham Art Gallery, the Koffler Gallery and Harbourfront Gallery.